Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

This mantra is recited as much for the benefits of the sound vibrations as for any specific meaning. It literally means “Om, I bow to Lord Vasudeva”.

Om is the primordial and sacred sound vibration of the universe or the essence of all creation.

Namo is a salutation, and Bhagavate is one who is becoming divine.

Vasudeva means “life in all beings”, so we are honouring ourselves and our own inner light and life when we chant this mantra.

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

Om Shanti Om

Om Shanti Om

This chant is beautiful in its simplicity. Om is believed to be a sound of the whole cosmic manifestation. Shanti means peace. Together, this chant is about radiating peace. Peace for all humankind, peace for all living and non-living beings, peace for each and every entity in this entire universe.

We sang this chant at the last kirtan, but I’ve reworked it and feel this version is more powerful. Sing along with it and then you’ll be ready to join us for the next kirtan this Friday!

Moola Mantra

Sat Chit Ananda Parabrahma
Purushothama Paramatma
Sri Bhagavathi Sametha
Sri Bhagavathe Namaha

Hari Om Tat Sat Hari Om Tat Sat

The Moola mantra has been in my head the last few days, so it seems like the mantra meant to be in my next post. To me, without knowing yet the specifics of this chant, it feels like a lullaby to the soul. As if the Divine Mother is holding and rocking me gently, singing this song to me.

The literal meaning of this mantra is that it evokes the living God, asking protection and freedom from all sorrow and suffering. It is a prayer that adores the great creator and liberator, who out of love and compassion manifests, to protect us, in an earthly form. It has the power to transport ones mind to the state of causeless love and limitless joy. The calmness that the mantra can give is to be experienced, not just spoken about.

It is said that whenever you chant the Moola mantra, even without knowing the meaning of it, that itself carries power. But when you know the meaning and chant with that feeling in your heart then the energy will be even more powerful.

This mantra is like calling a name. Just like when you call a person she comes and you feel her presence, when you chant this mantra, the supreme energy manifests everywhere around you. As the Universe is Omnipresent, the supreme energy can manifest any where and any time.

The second part of the chant ‘Hari Om Tat Sat’ I add on because that’s how I’ve learned this chant. ‘Hari Om Tat Sat’ means ‘That is Truth’. That which I see with my eyes and that which is beyond my eyes are both the same, not different. The creator and the creation are not two. The creator has not created creation, but has manifested or transformed himself into creation.

And so I guess it makes sense that I would feel myself held and surrounded by love when I listen to or chant the Moola mantra. Because I am. And so are you. Take a listen to my version of it, here:

Moola mantra

Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt

This might seem like a rather complicated mantra to begin with, but it holds special meaning for me. I was living in Nanaimo, B.C. around 10 years ago, and attending a weekly yoga class there. The teacher went to India for the summer, came back and started up her classes again. But she added 15 minutes on to each of her classes so that she could share chanting with us. She would turn Deva Premal on, and we would sing along as best we could, trying to figure out how to pronounce the unusual sounds. This is the language of Sanskrit, one of the oldest known human languages, which is about 5000 years old. This was my first introduction to chanting, and the only chant I knew for many years.

There are many different translations to chants. I will share with you what I learn as I research these chants; what resonates with me most, as to what the chants mean.

The Gayatri Mantra states, “O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us.”

It seems rather fitting that a chant about illumination would be my introduction to chanting. My inner light has brightened as a result of that experience 10 years ago, and has led me to a deeper understanding of myself beyond what I could have possibly imagined at the time.

I hope you enjoy it.

Mantra Musings

Over the last couple of years, I’ve begun to find my voice. I’ve always enjoyed singing, I just didn’t know that I COULD sing. A couple of years ago, faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, I decided life was too short. I was tired of living in fear of various things, and if what I really wanted to do was sing, then I was going to sing! So I began chanting in Savasana, final resting pose, at the end of yoga classes that I taught. Very tentatively at first, but people began to tell me how much they enjoyed it, how much it kept them “out of their head”, so I continued. The more positive feedback I received, the more chants I learned so that I could share with them. My “mentors” have been Krishna Das, Deva Premal, Wah!, and Tina Malia, so far.

After a while, I began to actually get comfortable with singing, and was looking for the next challenge. I wanted to continue to share beautiful chants, but with more people. That began the start of leading kirtans with my dear friend, Jill. With three kirtans under our belt now, I believe more and more in the healing power of chanting. I see it in the people that join in our kirtans, and I experience it in my own body when I chant at home by myself, feeling the sound reverberate throughout my body, making me feel alive and yet at peace.

And so, my next step is unfolding before me, as I see that I need to share chants on a larger scale, so that more have an opportunity to connect to the power of the chants, as well as to be able to listen and enjoy them even if you can’t get to yoga or to the next kirtan.

This will be the start of my blog, where I regularly pick a chant, or mantra, and talk a little about what it means and include a recording of myself singing the chant. I hope that you will find it helpful and healing. That taking a few minutes to listen to one of my recordings in the middle of a busy day, or just before you go to sleep at night, brings you some peace. Please let me know if you enjoy them, or how they helped you. I’d love to hear about it.

I offer these in service to all, with my heartfelt blessings.